Black British History Workshop III – 29 October

Black British History Workshop III

Thursday 29 October 2015, 11am-6pm

Senate House, London

The aim of the Workshop  series is to foster a creative dialogue between researchers, educationalists (mainstream and supplementary), archivists and curators, and policy makers. It seeks to identify and promote innovative new research into the history of people of African origin or descent in the UK. Researchers and archivists will provide an introduction to the ever-growing body of resources available.

We will also discuss the latest developments in the dissemination of Black British history in a wide variety of settings including the media, the classroom and lecture hall, and museums and galleries, thus providing an opportunity to share good practice.

In our third workshop we would like to explore the following themes:

  • What kinds of new approaches to teaching Black British History might help to foster a greater interest in the field?
  • Do current teaching approaches focus excessively on the promotion of Black British heroes/role models from history?
  • Has enough attention been paid to gender in Black British History, including the role of women and members of the LGBTQ communities?

To what extent does Black British History need to take into account the conscious or unconscious exclusion of people of African origin or descent from the historical record?

The workshop will be divided into three panels, followed by a round-table discussion. Each panel will consist of three presentations lasting for 15-20 minutes.

We would be delighted to hear from researchers, educationalists, archivists and curators or others interested in offering a presentation. Please submit a title and a brief description of your presentation either in writing (in which case, of no more than 300 words) or in some other form (for example a clip or podcast) with an indication of which panel you envisage contributing to, to Dr. Miranda Kaufmann at by 31 August 2015.

The day will run from 11am to 6pm, followed by a Reception. There will be a registration fee of £20 (£5 for students/unwaged) to cover the costs of lunch and refreshments. Requests to register should be sent to

Organisers Dr. Miranda Kaufmann, Prof. Philip Murphy & Michael Ohajuru.

Supported by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

Workshop 1 – October, London

A video made can be seen at

For Miranda’s overview of the day see

My discussion on the Workshop can be seen at

Workshop 2

Talks by Ray Costello and Jeffrey Green at Workshop 2 in Liverpool in February can be seen at


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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